Julius Baer Generation Cup: Arjun Erigaisi advances to semifinals; R Praggnanandhaa bends back | chess news

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Archive photo of Indian grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi.

Indian grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi defeated fellow teen Christopher Yoo in the quarterfinals via a tiebreak to reach the final four rounds of the Julius Baer Generation Cup online rapid chess tournament on Friday. However, Erigiasi’s compatriot R Praggnanandhaa crashed and lost 1-3 to Germany’s Vincent Keymer. World Champion Magnus Carlsen, a winner of Levon Aronian from the US), will take on 17-year-old Keymer, while the other semi-final will see Liem Quang Le and Erigaisi from Vietnam. The 19-year-old Erigaisi and the 15-year-old Yoo were locked 2-2 after the four rapid matches. The Indian won the opening match before his opponent leveled up again. The same pattern repeated in the next two games.

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In the blitz tie-break, Erigiasi won the first to take the advantage and drew the second to advance to the semifinals. Praggnanandhaa suffered a setback when he went down in the opening match. The next two games ended in draws. As the 17-year-old Indian needed a win to force a tiebreak, the German scored a 42-move win to secure a spot in the semi-finals.

Carlsen ousted Aronian 3-1 despite losing the opening game to continue his stellar run. He lost only one game to Hans Niemann in the pre-stage after just two moves.

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Liem Quang Le meanwhile knocked out Niemann 2.5-1.5 and closed the game with a decisive win in the fourth game after being at 1.5 after three games.

In the semi-finals, the players participate in two sets of four matches. Previously, Carlsen had led the preliminary standings with 34 points, followed by Erigaisi and Praggnanandhaa in fourth place.

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The event will accommodate 16 players spanning three generations and will be held in a round-robin-cum-knockout format.

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